Snowdrops .Polyanthus .Helleborus.Hebes,Heather.Patio roses all in flower with a pheasant strutting in between at the moment...
My snowdrops are still in full flower and my Tete a tete daffs are just starting to open following three spring like days.
My garlic is now a foot high with the stems thickening nicely, so I think I'll get an earlier crop this year and certainly a lot more as I've planted it all over the garden in borders. Just as well as we've almost eaten all my last year's crop.
Asparagus - I bought a plant yesterday but I don't really have room for more than one plant and will only get a couple of dozen spears from it. Also, I've read that it doesn't like to be disturbed, so I doubt it will thrive in my border as a cropping plant and now I'm thinking buying it was a mistake. I think I'm better off buying asparagus from the local farm when it's in season - I love it with hollandaise sauce. Does anyone else grow asparagus and what is your experience of it.
Nick, I take it you mean a Clematis Montana. They are very robust, which also gives them a reputation for being over invasive for smaller gardens. There's a good chance the cut stem will survive and you did right to protect it as you have, though you may also need to splint it with a strong stick to give it more support. Clematis generally respond well to hard pruning, so even if the stem doesn't survive, you should see new growth elsewhere.
Patio pots had achange from bulbs this morning..All placed on a tray to dry off. Then put in the shade away from rain...Pots now hold geranium,Rosemary,sage,Fennel and chives..One trough for the wall holds TWO alpine strawberries along with 4 small tomatoe plants.A hanging basket has been filled with plants and put to bed in shed for the night..Plants in basket have been well estblishe over the last week or so,,,,More herbs to sow but ran out of compost as was not going to grow much this year..Still have 2 plum and 2 apple trees....
ps fruit trees are also in pots on patio....
Lawn looks thin in places, have a bit of re-seeding to do .
Going to take the willow down, that isnt helping
Plum tree blossom is now setting...Apple blossom will be out soon..The bees have been busy.
Everything is looking fresh and green now and I don't think it will be long before the hawthorn blossoms. I don't think my plum tree is going to blossom this year, though I only planted it last year. The goji berries I planted last year are are looking healthy and my garlic is growing well.
Pulled up a load of moss from the lawn and seeded some new areas, started on the willow, it looks a long job
I planted some chilli seeds, eggplant seeds and pak choi seeds last Thursday. The pak choi seeds showed themselves on Sunday and are already 2cms tall.
Put the plants back in the shed for protection...Fucias are getting rocked about...Fennel is just coming through..Took about a week..Chives need snipping...
I'm not bothering with growing veg this year. Although we've got a decent sized garden, it's a bit too landscaped for a big veg patch (all the soil's covered in plum slate) so have grown in containers. Too late now to start and the results last year were poor:
Potatoes - got some form of disease, meaning all the plants died back, the crop wasn't bountiful, and most spubs had some scabbing
Cabbages - despite my best efforts, half the crop got munched to stalk by a plague of caterpillars (little green ones and big fat green ones)
Spouts - also hit by the caterpillars but not as much. I'd hoped to serve the crop on Xmas Day, but the remaining plants yielded about a pound of extra-small button sprouts.
Carrots - not a bad crop, but not as plentiful as the previous year
Leeks - the one success
I'd started growing to get the kids involved in gardening, but they're not really that interested.
Another attempt at the willow today for me, at least it is dry. I want tree down, it has ruined parts of the lawn
An hour and a bit on willow was enough, the wheelie bin is quite full, bit annoyed I didnt start the job before it came into leaf
Some way to go yet
I've still got bluebells in flower and apple trees with blossom on.
Alpine strawberries are flowering well..Baby toms are setting...Herbs are having tops pinched out now..